Finding Time to Strum

I may have mentioned that I have an acoustic guitar I want to learn to play. I’ve even purchased online guitar lessons to motivate myself to make the time to do it.

Have I done it yet?

No!

But I WILL carve out this time. Some people may motivate to learn the guitar by browsing through a guitars centre. For me, spending money on lessons is a great motivator! Now that I have made the investment, I intend to learn how to play a few songs on the guitar.

It’s That Time Again…

Are you getting excited about school yet? No…well here’s a tip that is sure to get your blood moving! I have recently found this new buying co-op that really takes some of the sting out of buying curriculum. As a veteran homeschooler, I know that it can be hard to get motivated to begin another school year. I have been at this for a loooooong time and I still have a number of years to go…so I can’t let myself get burnt out.

The Homeschool Buyer Co-op is a free homeschooling organization for both new and veteran homeschoolers. Co-op membership is free and confidential, and entitles homeschooling families to discounts from hundreds of educational suppliers. The Co-op also sponsors “GroupBuys” for curriculum packages that can save homerschooling families lots of money. Public schools get these types of discounts…why shouldn’t homeschoolers get in on the action, too?On the site you’ll find lots of free information, such as databases of free curriculum, field trips, and educational contests and scholarships. There is definitely something for every type of homeschooler and homeschooling family.

So far, I’ve bought a Kaplan ACT prep class for a daughter who really needs to get herself in gear to take the ACT this fall or early winter. I saved $250 off that purchase so I’m excited about that one. The cool thing about the prep class is that it’s a subscription that we can start whenever we’re ready and we know she’ll be able to focus on it for the next six months. We’ll be starting our subscription in about a month or so. I also bought an online piano program called Simply Music that has two levels of instruction — the whole family can use this program and it’s a lifetime membership, so I am expecting to get a lot of use out of this membership. We saved 35 percent off this purchase. I can’t wait to see how the kids enjoy this new musical instruction.

I also have my eye on an art program with a year’s worth of lessons for kids between K and 5th grade. Nothing to do but pop in a DVD, print out a few pages and make sure they have the supplies they need. Easy peasy, right? This program is called the Home Art studio and we will be saving about 50 percent off that purchase. My kids love to create, so I anticipate that they are going to enjoy adding these new art lessons to our school routine. The curriculum even walks kids through how to make a portfolio to hold art creations.

I definitely had some holes in my curriculum and the Homeschool Buyer Co-op ha helped me fill in these holes, get some interesting programs and save a bunch of money. That works for me! So, take a look and let me know if you see anything interesting! I challenge you NOT to find one of their group buys that you don’t want to jump on! Seriously!

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Learning Spanish

I have a few kids who are in the midst of learning to speak Spanish. Now I learned Spanish as well when I was in grade school and I find it amazing that still remember much of what I learned now, years later! Spanish really is a difficult language to learn, I’ll admit. But I’m proud of the way the kids have stuck with it and really tried to learn it. Once in awhile though, one of them will come up to me and say something like abogado de inmigracion and I’ll be like hold on just a sec while I look that up! :D

School Days Are in Sight!

I can’t believe we’re almost staring September in the face! How can this be possible!?!

It’s time for mesh book bags, mechanical pencils and lined paper once again. I have a few student who are jumping up and down at the prospect and a couple who are looking for good hiding places.

We’ve done the school supply shopping and just need to do a little more organizing…then we’re ready to begin the 2012-2013 school year!